Yoga for Pregnancy
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is also about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” Rothman KB (1996)
My Birthlight yoga class is relaxed and friendly; where the emphasis is placed on women coming together in a safe, supportive space, where the need for self-nurture, bonding with your growing baby, along with shared joys and anxieties are all central to the yoga sessions.
Nourish yourself, your body and your baby
You don’t need any yoga experience to join and if you have been enjoying a regular practice this is also the class for you, as you will be supported with a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing. All women are welcome to this safe environment where there is an opportunity to explore feelings as they adapt week by week to their changing body. The principles of yoga include balance, awareness and respect. Women are empowered to feel confident in their ability to give birth in whatever way they choose.
What the classes cover
Classes will include yoga sequences specifically adapted for pregnancy and movements to alleviate discomforts and renew energy. A regular yoga practice will help your body provide more space to nourish and grow your baby and enhance the enjoyment of your pregnancy. Breathing techniques and relaxation skills are taught and there is time for discussion in a relaxed and friendly environment. Every class ends with a deep relaxation allowing the body to release tensions and the mind to become still. Both mother and baby are nourished and energy is renewed. It is recommended to join from 14 weeks onward and you can continue until the birth of your baby. Be conscious of how your body feels and seek medical advice regarding any health issues before starting a class.
It’s never too late to practise antenatal yoga! So whatever stage you are at in your pregnancy, come along and experience the benefits of yoga under the care of a qualified, experienced yoga teacher, holistic therapist and mother.
Benefits of Yoga during Pregnancy
- Keeps the body supple without straining
- Boost of energy
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Relax and promote restful sleep
- Can help to relieve pain in labour and childbirth
- Relieve common minor ailments (e.g. back pain, heartburn, constipation)
- Help the expectant mother to bond with her unborn baby through breathing and visualisation techniques
- Aid better posture, especially as the pregnancy develops, and mum-to-be becomes heavy
- Help to work and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
- Help mum-to-be let go of unnecessary tension and stiffness in her joints and muscles, without force or strain of any kind by using supports and breathing techniques
Antenatal yoga is recognised as a mainstream activity. It is now recommended to pregnant women by the medical profession as a healthy means of managing a pregnancy in a holistic way.
Pregnant employees have legal rights – including paid time off for antenatal care.
‘Antenatal care’ isn’t just medical appointments – it can also include antenatal or parenting classes if they’ve been recommended by a doctor or midwife. Read more…
“I am coming up on the end of my maternity leave and Finn is starting nursery tomorrow, and I have been doing a bit of reflecting and just wanted to say a massive thank you. You gave us such a great start through pregnancy and the birth and also the first few weeks of Finns little life. I don’t think I will ever truly be able to say just how big an impact you had on us but it has meant everything to me. So thank you for helping me see a calm and focused approach to everything.” Lesley-ann